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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Be good keepers at home.

To be keepers at home. One of the young women I have become friends with at Teen Mania shared this on her Facebook a few days a go. I want to share it with you! This is Courtney and a friend-Not Luke, with whom she is in a courtship relationship.

I’m currently reading this book entitled Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. In this book the author takes Titus 2:3-5 and breaks down each part. The chapter I am on now discusses being a stay-at-home mom. In our society today staying at home as a mother is not regarded as an honorable status. Mrs. Mahaney states it well when she quotes Dorothy Patterson:Much of the world would agree that being a housekeeper is acceptable as long as you are not caring for your own home; treating men with attentive devotion would also be right as long as the man is the boss in the office and not your husband; caring for children would even be deemed heroic service for which presidential awards could be given as long as the children are someone else’s and not your own.This is so true of our society today. If you do anything that is required of a good mother and wife you are rewarded and highly esteemed, unless in fact you are doing those things as a mother and wife only. Why is it that we regard women who enter the professional world more highly than women who raise those who will enter the professional world twenty years from now? Since when was it more important to make a success of yourself than making a success of your husband and children? I do not in any way think that women are to be subservient and silent or complacent in society, but I do believe that we should regard women who take on the, in my opinion, most challenging role in life very highly. They sacrifice everything they may desire to pursue in order to make their children’s dreams come true. I also do not believe that women should never pursue a career or a dream. I do believe that women who have a home, husband and children to care for should set their priorities in line. The woman mentioned in Proverbs 31 was definately a good businesswoman. She knew how to trade, sew, shop and the like, but her first priority was the home. If we, as women, do what Titus 2 tells us to do and stay at home and be good homemakers when we are married and have children, I believe that when our children enter society as adults they will be better equipped to do what they are called to do. If you are under such cercumstances that you have to work, then do it with all you are. I completely understand as I know several people like that. I believe that the Lord will bless you for providing for your homes. But in such cases where this is not a requirement, make every effort to be at home. I looked up the Greek word that is used in Titus 2 and it actually means to stay at home. This should clear up any confusion about the meaning of “homemaker.” To sum this all up, our first ministry is in our home. It starts with our husbands and goes to our children and then outside of our home. If we do things the way God designed us to do them we will be sure to find more success than if we do it our way.

1 comment:

Luke said...

Thank you Mrs. Hasz for the clarification that the man in this picture is not Courtneys boyfriend. I really do appreciate it.